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Can anyone make a good case for the Stuart kings?

A review of Tim Harris's Rebellion. He tries bravely, but in the end, no

15 March 2014

9:00 AM

15 March 2014

9:00 AM

Rebellion Tim Harris

OUP, pp.608, £30, ISBN: 9780199209002

Historians have generally not been kind in their assessment of Britain’s first two Stuart kings. Their political skills are regarded as meagre; their objectives malign; their one undisputed talent an unerring ability to alienate their subjects — with rebellion and civil war as the result. To his credit, Tim Harris, in his formidably large and well-researched new ‘study of the kingship’ of James I and Charles I, raises a voice in dissent.

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